Writing Glitch #370

Today’s second glitch:


The subject pronoun (I) was dropped from the first sentence, but that’s okay here; a certain level of informality is not inappropriate in some situations, especially dialogue (or memes written as if they were dialogue).

Don’t capitalize favorite. (Seriously, why would anyone do this?)

Whether you add a period after an ellipsis or not, you still need to capitalize the first word of the next sentence. Also, its is a possessive indicating something belongs to it; the word you want here is it’s, a contraction of it is.

Don’t capitalize like. (WTF? Did the person who created the meme learn the mechanics of writing from Facebook or something?)

Don’t capitalize person.

“Just saw a person reading my favorite book… It’s like a book recommending a person.”

(Mercenary Proofreader understands and usually agrees with this sentiment, but he has also, once or twice, met truly vile people who happened to like some of his favorite works of fiction. It’s not the fiction’s fault, though.)


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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4 Responses to Writing Glitch #370

  1. Loved your comments. I laughed aloud. Cheers

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Some interesting capitalization out in the ether!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. M. Oniker says:

    Sometimes, when I’m in the mood, I like using capitalization from the A. A. Milne school of Very Interesting Capitalizing. It’s (as in it is) fun, and it can make A Point. But just random upper case? Very bizarre. likE wUt?

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    • CMoS does say something about “ironic capitalization” as one of the less-common but acceptable uses. (For example, when I both capitalize and misspell “Teh Expertz” to indicate my disdain for such people, I am using ironic capitalization. The example given in CMoS is something like, ‘I guess I’m a Bad Parent because I won’t let my child keep a pony in our apartment.’)


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